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Teodora Ana Mihai’s documentary feature Waiting for August has been awarded the prize for Best International Documentary at the Bergen International Film Fest in Norway, while the jury of the Reykjavik Film Festival presented the film with its Environmental Award. The film is currently in theatres in Los Angeles and has a New York release scheduled later this month.
Both prizes follow just a week after Waiting for August picked up yet another award at the Budapest Film Festival, where it screened in the ‘Let Them Be Children’ section. The Bergen International Film Festival in Norway (24 September–1 October) selected the film for its international documentary competition.
Teodora Ana Mihai’s documentary feature Waiting for August received the Award for Best Documentary Film during the closing ceremony of the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (4-12 July). The film has been on a winning spree since receiving the Best International Feature Award at Toronto’s Hot Docs and a Special Mention at Visions du Réel earlier this year.
Waiting for August marks Teodora Ana Mihai’s debut as a feature film director. Her Romanian roots led her back to her mother country. In a social housing block on the outskirts of the city of Bacau, 15-year-old Georgiana lives with her six siblings. While their mother is away, Georgiana is catapulted into the role of head of the family.
Teodora Ana Mihai’s Waiting for August will compete in the documentary competition at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (4-12 July), Eastern Europe’s foremost festival. Also invited is Violet by Bas Devos, whose feature debut is set to screen in Another View, the programme dedicated to films with an unusual artistic approach.
The documentary competition in Karlovy Vary consists of 10 feature-length films and six shorts. Waiting for August follows Georgiana Halmac, a 15-year-old Romanian teenager living with her six siblings in a social housing block on the outskirts of Bacau
Belgian films made in Flanders corner the market and bring home the prizes.
‘Talent Matters’ is the familiar slogan for promoting Belgian films made in Flanders. And talent certainly matters for Belgian audiences, who turned out in impressive numbers for local films in 2013.
At home, almost two million moviegoers bought tickets to Flemish films in 2013 – a 17% increase on 2012. More impressively still, over three quarters of the national admissions for Belgian films were for movies made in Flanders.
Waiting for August, the documentary feature by Romanian-Flemish director Teodora Ana Mihai, has won the Best International Feature Award at Hot Docs, Toronto’s world-renowned documentary film festival (24 April – 4 May). Meanwhile, the film was also given a Special Mention at the Visions du Réel festival in Switzerland, as was Ellen Vermeulen’s documentary 9999. Finally, Before The Last Curtain Falls, a co-production with Flanders, was also awarded at Hot Docs.
Teodora Ana Mihai’s documentary debut Waiting for August screened in Hot Docs’ international competition, alongside 12 other documentary features.
Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden’s documentary film Ne me quitte pas has been awarded the Prize for Best Editing in a Documentary Film at the Tribeca Film Festival. The prestigious film festival in New York celebrated its 13th edition this year and screened some 90 features and 60 shorts from 16 till 27 April.
Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden not only scripted and directed Ne me quitte pas but also took care of the edit. The Tribeca jury awarded the ‘bittersweet portrait of two Belgian boozers’ with the prize for Best Editing in a Documentary Feature in so celebrating ‘a pair of filmmakers’ ability to give shape, rhythm, and even mythic beauty to a story.’
Ellen Vermeulen’s documentary feature 9999, Waiting for August by Teodora Ana Mihai and Desert Haze by Sofie Benoot have all been selected for the International Documentary Festival Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland. The line-up also includes three shorts from Flanders: 28 rue Brichaut, Maybe Darkness and PS São Paulo. Finally, California City, a new project by Sofie Benoot, Isabelle Tollenaere and Liesbeth De Ceulaer will be presented at Pitching du Réel.
Benoot’s Desert Haze is to receive its world première in the International Features competition at Visions du Réel, which takes place from April 25 to May 3 this year.
Gerrit Messiaen’s medium-length documentary Lucien Hervé, photographer despite himself has received a special mention from the jury at the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) in Montreal.
The film screened in the festival’s competition section showcasing 38 films originating from 19 different countries. Danielle Sauvage, Matthias Bürcher, Phil Comeau, Claude François and Jean-Paul Fargier formed this year’s international jury, lauding the documentary about Lucien Hervé with a special mention.
Dutch-Belgian documentary Ne me quitte pas by Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden has received the main jury prize at the European Documentary Film Festival Eurodok.
The programme of the European Documentary Film Festival Eurodok, annually organised by Oslo’s Cinemateket, included 30 documentaries, of which eight ran in the European competition. Its jury offered Ne me quitte pas the festival's main prize.
Teodora Ana Mihai’s documentary Waiting for August and Frederik Jan Depickere’s short film Adrift are selected for this year’s Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, aka Hot Docs (24 April – 4 May). Three more films co-produced with Flanders,Before The Last Curtain Falls, Ne me quitte pas and See No Evil, made the bill in Toronto.
Waiting for August portrays the gripping story of 15-year-old Georgiana, the eldest daughter of the Halmac family. She lives with her six siblings in a social housing condo on the outskirts of Bacau, Romania. As their mother, who works as an economic migrant in Italy, won’t be back until summer, Georgiana is involuntarily catapulted to the role of new head of the family.